In fine weather, Parisian terraces are some of the most popular places in the capital. And they’re not tourist traps – being French is all about café culture, armed with the essentials of pavement, espresso, croissant, newspaper and perhaps a Gauloise.
Some of Paris’ most famous cafés have been immortalised on artists’ canvases and are still buzzing today: Les Deux Magots , Café de Flore , Le Select. But the city’s greatest landmarks also have terraces. The Palais Garnier’s L'Opéra Restaurant boasts one of the largest, with lush green plants and music at weekends – although for really exotic greenery make for Le Jardin du Petit Palais before 7pm. If you need a pitstop while trawling the Champs-Élysées, Café Fouquet’s has stunning views of the avenue and serves all day – and the beginning of June sees the luxurious Shangri-La Hôtel Paris reopen its summer terrace, La 8 Iéna, which includes some surprising Chinese additions to its drinks menu.